The WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight belt holder Wladimir Klitschko takes on Italian-born challenger Francesco Pianeta on Saturday night, and with Pianeta unbeaten in 28 fights, the Ukrainian could be in for a tougher night than usual. Read on for the latest betting odds and tips as boxing eyes turn to the clash of these titans.

Wladimir Klitschko is now fifth in the list of longest-reigning heavyweights of all time and he shows no sign of giving up his title, this being his 14th defence. Along with his brother Vitali, Klitschko has dominated the heavyweight division for almost a decade and many boxing pundits rate Wladimir as the third best pound-for-pound boxer currently plying his trade. So does Pianeta have any chance of success where so many have failed?

Well, the bookies appear to think not. The champion is priced at betting odds of just 1/50 with Betfred and others, which is simply too short to back outright in anyone’s language. Those in search of longer odds – and the mother of all upsets – can take the challenger at massive odds of 20/1 with Youwin. Strange things happen in boxing from time to time, but we can’t see it this weekend.

As mentioned, Pianeta is currently undefeated and has managed 15 KOs from his 28 bouts to date. But his range of opponents has been generally poor and he has never faced anyone with the power or skill of Klitschko. Of his four fights last year, two were against aging has-beens – Oliver McCall (aged 47) and Francois Botha (aged 44) – and he was unable to comprehensively hammer either.

With Klitschko having the advantage in every conceivable area, as well as the experience, power and general boxing prowess, there will be only one result here: Klitschko by KO, with rounds 4-6 our predicted range of when the Ukrainian will finish the job.


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